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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED. JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED. CHARLES ELIOT. 



EDWARD D.BOLTON, 
Superintendent of Construction. 



OLMSTED, OLMSTED & ELIOT, 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. 



WARREN H. MANNING. 
Superintendent of Planting. 



Brookline, Mass. February 24th, 1890' 



Mr. Walter Dear:, 

9 Brewster St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Dear Sir;- T beg to acknowledge the receipt of your 
letter dated February S2nd, concerning the flora of the Metro- 
politan Reservation. I shall take the first opportunity of 
bringing the question of the printing of the flora to the at- 
tention of the Metropolitan Park Commission. The Commission 
meets next Wednesday, and, of course, I shall make every effort 
to get the document printed at the earliest possible date. It 
had been the Commission's intention to print it with their annual 
report and one or two of the Commissioners have, at different 
times, questioned me as to the progress of the work, but the 
report had to go to press early in January and so that opportunity 
was unavoidably lost. 

Yours truly, 

A 
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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED. JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED. CHARLES ELIOT. 



EDWARD D.BOLTON, 
Superintendent of Construction . 



OLMSTED, OLMSTED & ELIOT, 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. 



WARREN H. MANNING. 
Superintendent of Planting. 



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March 10th, 1896. 



Mr. Walter Dearie, 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Dear Sir;- Your note dated March 8th is at hand. Mr. 
Manning told me that you expected to add to the manuscript which 
he showed me some fifteen or twenty pages, so that the total 
number of manuscript pages would amount to the number which, 
as Barrows estimated it for us, made the cost of printing and 
binding in paper covers about $200. I have forgotten the exact 
figuring, but I know that the appropriation ordered by the Metro- 
politan Commission was $200 and I hope you will certainly be able 
to Keep within that sum. 



Yours truly, 

Charles Eliot . 
per S.S. 



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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED. JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED. CHARLES ELIOT. 

OLMSTED, OLMSTED& ELIOT, 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. 

EDWARD D.BOLTON, WARREN H.MANN ING. 

Superintendent of Construction. Superintendent of Planting. 



Brook line, Mass. Marcll 16th,- 18f6. 



Walter Deane, Esq., 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Dear Sir;- I have received your two notes of I: arch 
13th. Please note that we expect you to ooiitrive so as to 
get your hundred copies hound with the maps and your fifty 
copies interleaved all within the appropriation of #350 made 
"by the Commission. 

As to the question of admitting notes on plants or lists of 
plants to the printed volume, I hope you will make a strict rule 
to admit nothing that is not reliably ascertained to have been 
found within the bounds of at least one of the reservations. 
No lists ought to be printed or made a part of the book which 
do not specifically mention the reservation or the reservations 
within which the species mentioned has been found. Indeed, 
I think you ought to be very cautious about admitting any species 
which are not supported by actual specimens. This I know 
to be the view of the Commissioners and the rule ought to be 
strictly enforced. I am authorised to sneak for the Commission 
in this matter, because our firm were directed by Vote of the 
Commission to cause botanical w-.rk to be begun and the printed 
lists to be prepared. 

Yours truly, 



FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED. JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED. CHARLES ELIOT. 



EDWARD D.BOLTON, 

Superintendent of Construction . 



OLMSTED, OLMSTED& ELIOT, 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. 



Brookline, Mass. 



WARREN H. MANNING. 
Superintendent of Planting. 



April 7th, 1896. 



Mr. Walter Deane, 

Cambridge , Mass . 

Dear Sir;- I thank you for your note dated April 
6th. Would you kindly send me your draft of a preface, or if 
you are to he in town tomorrow, you might perhaps hand it to me 
at the office of the Park Commission in the afternoon. The 
extract from the records of the park Commission might perhaps be 
print by themselves on the back of the title page. I should 
not suppose that the preface itself might occupy more than one 
page, but of this we can talk perhaps tomorrow. 

Yours truly, 
J ^ , 




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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED- JO H N CHAR LES O LMSTEO. CHARLES ELIOT. 

OLMSTED, OLMSTED& ELIOT, 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. 

EDWARD D.BOLTON, WARREN H.MANN.NG. 

SlIFFRINTENOHNT OF CONSTRUCTS . SuPF.RINTF.NOF.NT OF PLANTING. 

Brookline. Mass. 



April 4 th f 1896. 

Mr. Walter Deane, 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Dear Sir;- How does the printing get along? At 
the next meeting I propose to ask the Board whether they wish 
to uake the book an official publication or not,- whether the 
title page should read- 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
Metropolitan Park Commission 
Bulletin No. 1 



FLORA 

of the 

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Public Reservations controlled by 

the 

Metropolitan Park Commission. 



Preliminary Edition 
1896 
or the same with the top lines left off. It might, at all 
events, be well to have the introduction start off as follows :- 

Extract from the records of the meeting of the metropoli- 
tan park commission held January 26th, 1894. 

"Ordered;- that the landscape architects (Messrs. Olm- 
sted, Olmsted & Eliot) be authorized to incur an expense not ex- 



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ceeding #500 for preparing a botanical flora of the reservations" 

Extract from the records of the meeting of the metropolitan 

park commission held June 12th, 1895. 

"Ordered;- that the sum of $250 he appropriated to con- 
tinue the "botanical work in the reservations until January 1st, 
1896; said work to he under the direction of the landscape archi- 
tects" . 

Extract from the records of the meeting of the metropoli- 
tan park commission held February 28th, 1895. 

"Ordered;- that a thousand copies of the list prepared by 
Prof. Walter Deane be printed and bound in paper covers at an 
expense not exceeding 1200". 

Extract from the records of the meeting of the metropoli- 
tan park commission held March 11th, 1895. 

"Ordered;- that the appropriation for printing the flora of 
the reservations be increased from $200 to #350". 

And then some account of the growth of the work- how Mr. 
Manning of our office organized the botanical explorations, start- 
ed the collections, etc. and how you edited the results. After 
the meeting on Wednesday I shall write you again. 
Yours truly, 




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